Minister of State for Manicaland Province Mandi Chimene has lamented the fact that her province did not benefit from the diamonds in the Chiadzwa area. She claims that the diamonds only brought problems such as environmental degradation and potential health problems associated with the chemicals used by the miners.
We may have benefited as a nation, especially as some of the money was used to recapitalise different sectors of the economy, but as the custodians of the mineral, we did not get anything tangible.
Roads, schools and hospitals are in a very bad state, yet diamonds would be mined and transported to Harare without even repairing the same roads that the transporters used.
Our provincial hospital is in shambles. Our schools do not have critical amenities, while roads are almost impassable in some parts, yet we were producing a mineral that had the potential to get the wheels of the national economy turning.
Our people are devastated. They needed to see something tangible from the diamonds. I am also very disappointed